Friday, April 2, 2010

What Killed Jesus?

Good Friday to you all.  Seeing how this is Good Friday, I figured what better time than now to bring up the subject of "What Killed Jesus?".  I first would like to preference this with the point that I did not figure this out on my own, but I did put this together myself *lol*.  I was listening to a Pastor on the AM radio again and of course I like to share with all of you as usual.

By now, we all should know that on this day, Jesus was crucified by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.  Over the years, people have analyzed what really killed Jesus.  When someone was crucified, nails were placed in both of their hands and feet.  Typically, the individual's legs were broken so that they could not stand up.  Each hand nailed to either side of the cross coupled with the broken legs would cause the body to slump down cutting off oxygen supply to the lungs -- the result equaled suffocation.

Jesus' legs were not broken, but he was flogged and stabbed in the side by a spear. He also had the infamous crown of thorns pressed into his head. If you are unfamiliar with the term flog, it is a method of being beaten/whipped.  The end of this whip would have multiple straps with sharp objects infused in the ends.  This meant that every time you were whipped, the flesh was torn and ripped away.  As you could imagine this could probably cause lots of bleeding and probable infection later on down the road.

This brings us back to the question.  What killed Jesus?  Did He die from...
  1. ...bleeding out from the flogging? 
  2. ...bleeding out from the spear being stuck in this side?
  3. ...suffocating from being tired of just hanging there?
  4. ...the shear pain, shock, & agony
  5. .....
The list and speculation could go on and on however, all of them of wrong.  Remember, Jesus was born a man, but is still God which means He was not born into sin like the rest of us.  Can we kill God?  Nope, don't think so.  This means that anything the Roman soldiers and the unruly crowd did could not have killed Jesus.  He did not suffocate.  He did not bleed to death.  Jesus did not die until He chose to die for our sins.  He could have chosen to stay up there for an eternity, but He didn't.  John 19:30 says, "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit"

Despite what science or any graphical sermon may say, let the speculation end.  No physical or emotional condition could kill Jesus.  He had to make the choice to die.......and that He did for you and I.

I hope this helps someone on this Good Friday.  Be blessed fam!


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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